Decorating a stocking with glue batik

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Another something for Daphne, made by Maia.

(Making a stocking for the baby was one of our advent activities.)

We used glue batik, currently one of the more popular art activities in this house (we also did glue batik with the art group last week).

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I cut some fabric into stocking shapes first, using a cotton knit only because I never made it to the store to buy something more substantial. I meant to, and should have, but oh well. The cotton knit worked out okay.

Maia drew her designs on the fabric with Elmer’s Blue Gel Glue and let it dry.

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Then Maia painted over the glue designs with watered down acrylic paint.

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She painted each stocking piece separately and let them dry.

Finally, we soaked the fabric in warm water, scrubbed the glue lines off (with a nail brush), and threw them in the dryer (not necessary, but we were impatient).

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I sewed the two pieces into a new stocking and Maia hung it up.

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    Julie Liddle
    December 16, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    come to think of it, I guess this is a good non-toxic alternative to the rubber cement technique, although it requires a few more steps. I wonder if there are some surfaces you could do this on where the glue would just peel off once it was dry…

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    Amy
    December 16, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Can you tell us a little more about the paint part? It’s acrylics? Like you buy at an art supply store? (Sorry, I am not up on the finer details of art supplies.) So if the paint does not wash out (per the “that artist woman” website you pointed to the first time you posted about glue batik), is the fabric stiff and weird after?

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    dana lee designs
    December 16, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    I used glue batik to make Christmas pillows with my preschool class. I found that if I rinsed the fabric again (the kids did it themselves the 1st time) and then threw them in the dryer, the fabric really softened up. Then by ironing them I’m sure it heat set the designs even more. They turned out so beautiful and the kids couldn’t wait to take them home to give as gifts. I’m so glad I read about this technique here and I’ll definitely be doing it again!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 16, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Hmm. Maybe. Let me know if you experiment with it…

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 16, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Yes, it’s acrylic paint that you can buy at an art supply store. The fabric seems a little stiffer afterward, but not too much.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 16, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Ironing is a good idea. Thanks. I’ll do that. And yes, we throw them in the dryer too. It does seem to soften the fabric quite a bit after rinsing out the glue.
    Glad you tried this!

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